Is this the best layout and what to do with excess space

ktj459April 14, 2014

This is the layout the kitchen has currently, and I'm wondering if you all think this is the best use of the available space. We are doing the reno before living in the house, so I haven't been able to use the kitchen and see how workable the layout is. I need opinions from people who have more kitchen experience about what may or may not work. Also, what should I do with the area by the radiator? It's technically considered an eat-in area, but its right by the powder room and with the location of the radiator, it barely would fit a table. We will be expanding out the back in the next few years, but I want to do something with that area for now to make it a useable space. Any suggestions?

Here is my drawing of the layout (sorry for the fact that it is not at all to scale)

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what do you mean by "expanding out to the back"....that will be a large expenditure project if it's any kind of addition.I would definitely wait.Start planning the construction and have the kitchen as part of it....ideas will flow...does everything in the kitchen work currently?

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 10:22AM
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Fori is not pleased

Herb is probably wise about not doing it until you have the whole plan planned. But whether you do or don't, I'd use furniture down there. A vintage set of matched corner china cabinets...bookshelves...a pie safe. Something cute for storage.

But then I love furniture.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 10:52AM
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Herb- we will be building an addition. Makes the kitchen area about 14' deeper and is 17' wide, which encompasses the kitchen width, the powder room, and a bit more. We are waiting to see what we find behind the walls in the renovations that need to be done in the current house before knowing when we can do the addition because the house is very old and we have no idea what we will find. The current kitchen is not workable. It needs new cabinets (none close and they are old and damaged) and all new appliances. It needs to be redone before we can live in the house, and that can't wait for the addition, since we are carrying two mortgages until we get in there. So we need to design the kitchen at its current size with an eye to what it will be when we do expand. That's why I'm having trouble knowing what to do- how do I make it useful for now and the future?

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 11:55AM
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Can you do something like inexpensive Ikea cabinets and replace them when you do the addition? It would give you a chance to live in the house for a while and see how you like the layout. You could probably do something similar for the appliances, get cheap replacements now and use them for a few years. Don't know how this fits in with your budget.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 12:16PM
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There are many unknowns here, but here is what I would do:

Invest in appliances that I know I'll want in the upcoming remodel.

Buy a simple sink cabinet base to house the sink.

Treat the rest of the kitchen space and storage needs as an unfitted kitchen. Perhaps check Craigslist for hutches, narrow tables and other furniture that could serve as storage, and functional workstations in your space. You won't be investing a great deal, and can repurpose or sell these pieces in the future.

Open shelving instead of uppers. (More economical.)

I would treat the area by the radiator as a landing zone or mini-mudroom, assuming the door to the outside is used and may need a place for sitting, hanging coats, etc. A large bench would work well.

Here are some links to unfitted kitchen ideas:

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 12:28PM
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